Wednesday has been a busy day in the NFL. Here are a few odds and ends, news bits that may have crossed your radar but also may have not:
Pat Shurmur is the Vikings’ offensive coordinator
On Wednesday, Norv Turner unexpectedly stepped down from his post as the Vikings’ offensive coordinator, leaving a hole in the team’s coaching staff with nine games remaining in the season. Mid-season firings happen, but this is certainly abnormal. The rumors about it being health-related seem to be unsubstantiated. Mike Zimmer said Wednesday he was as surprised as anyone by Turner’s decision.
Pat Shurmur, who Minnesota hired this offseason as the team’s tight ends coach, has been promoted to interim offensive coordinator in Turner’s wake. Shurmur was the logical choice considering his past experience working with Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford. Shurmur was Bradford’s first offensive coordinator in St. Louis, and also his OC last season when the two were part of the Eagles organization.
Now, they’ll have a third go-round at playing mediocre football and finishing just around .500.
Josh Huff apologizes, explains himself in locker room
Because of the SEPTA strike, and my desire to not pay exorbitant amounts of money to trek to South Philly for a few hours, I’m stuck at home today instead of making my weekly visit to the NovaCare Complex. Which means I’m also stuck relying on Eagles beat writers (still, in my eyes, the best group in the country) for updates from the complex.
Here are a few updates from the folks reporting from the locker room today:
Josh Huff said he apologized to Doug Pederson and the #Eagles. Takes responsibility for his actions.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) November 2, 2016
Huff said he didn't have the weapon at the complex.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroCSN) November 2, 2016
Josh Huff said he was aware of some of the gun laws in NJ but obviously not well enough.— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroCSN) November 2, 2016
#Eagles WR Josh Huff apologized: "That's not who I am."— Dave Weinberg (@PressACWeinberg) November 2, 2016
A Nigel Bradham update
Nigel Bradham — you know, the other Eagle with pending legal problems -- had a hearing scheduled for today about his second run-in with the law, when he accidentally tried to bring a concealed weapon on to an airplane.
Here’s what he told Philly Mag’s Josh Paunil:
Nigel Bradham said he didn't have to attend his hearing for his concealed weapon charge today. Expects to only have to pay a $300-$400 fine.— Josh Paunil (@JoshPaunil) November 2, 2016